August 23, 2006

Case Western Reserve University receives record number of undergraduate applications for second straight year

New incoming class features greater national, international diversity

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Case Western Reserve University has received a record number of undergraduate applications for the second straight year. Nearly 7,480 undergraduate students applied to Case in 2006—a 4 percent increase in applications over 2005 and a 62 percent increase since fall 2003.

Returning students began moving into Case's residence halls last Sunday, August 20, and first-year students are scheduled to move in beginning Wednesday, August 23.

In addition to the record number of applications, the undergraduate class enrolled for 2006 features greater national and international diversity.

This fall, 56 percent, compared to 49 percent last year, of the incoming first-year students are from states other than Ohio—the highest percentage in recent history. A sizable number of states, including Texas, California, Florida and Massachusetts, among others, will have 10 or more students enrolled at Case this fall.

The number of international undergraduates at Case is the largest it's been in the past five years. The number of entering international undergraduates represents a 32 percent increase over last year's class. Approximately 30 new students representing countries such as Japan, Jordan, India, South Korea, and the Hong Kong region will call Case home this year.

"The Admission Office has worked hard to tell people about the university's significant investments in undergraduate education, such as new residence halls, the new seminar- based SAGES curriculum, the new athletic stadium and a new office to promote undergraduate student research," said Liz Woyczynski, director of undergraduate admission at Case. "Prospective students have responded by applying and enrolling in greater numbers. For the second year, Case has enrolled more than 1,000 students."

In order to focus on intimate class sizes, the university wanted to keep the number of students admitted to its fall 2006 first-year class at a maximum of 1,050. When classes start August 28, approximately 1,031 undergraduate students will begin their first-year at Case.

Other statistics about the fall 2006 First-Year Class:
  • 66 percent of students—from high schools that rank—are from the top 10 percent of their high school class
  • 43 percent are female, an increase from 39 percent last year
  • 41 states are represented, plus Washington, D.C. and Guam
  • 68 first-year students are African American, a 30 percent increase from last year
  • Case's total financial gift aid awarded to the class is $17.95 million

For more information: Kimyette Finley 216-368-0521.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, August 23, 2006 02:16 PM | News Topics: General, HeadlinesMain, Provost Initiatives

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